Chinese New Year

All over the world today, people of Chinese descent are starting to celebrate the Chinese New Year which officially starts tomorrow. I woke up this morning to the sounds of firecrackers. People were making food offerings to dead ancestors and then setting off firecrackers. They also went to their local Chinese Shrine to make offerings to the Gods. In the evening they enjoyed entertainments such as Chinese Street Opera. This is the Thai version where they sing in Thai but with a heavy Chinese accent. You can watch a video clip I shot tonight over at the Paknam Web Forums.

Food offering for dead ancestors

Chinese Street Opera

5 responses to “Chinese New Year

  1. In my country, the Chinese people would crowd eagerly outside the temple waiting for the gates to be opened. At the stroke of midnight, they would all rush in to put their joss sticks in the temple’s urn. It is thought to bring them good luck.

  2. Happy Lunar New Year! 🙂

  3. Happy year of the rat!

    Beautiful photos.

  4. Your picture of the Chinese Opera reminded me of when I was young growing up in Phitsanuloke. We lived close to a Chinese temple so I was always there during Chinese New Year, sitting in the front row and watching the Chinese opera for days on end without understanding a word of it!

  5. happy new years for all chines